Current Students


Juan Pablo Albán-Alencastro (Ecuador)
Juan Pablo Albán-Alencastro holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (’99) and a Master in International Human Rights Law degree from University of Notre Dame Law School (’03). For almost seven years he has served as a tenured Professor of Law at Universidad San Francisco de Quito’s College of Law, teaching International Public Law, Human Rights and Criminal Law, and directing the Legal Aid Clinic.  In such capacity he represented hundreds of victims both at the domestic and international levels in high profile human rights cases.  Previously he worked for the Inter American Commission on Human Rights as Deputy Officer for the desks of Argentina and Peru, then as Litigation Officer before the Inter American Court on Human Rights and later as Coordinator of the Andean Regional Section.  He also directed the Human Rights Clinic at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.  Mr. Albán-Alencastro has also lectured in Ecuador at Universidad Católica de Guayaquil and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar and in Hungary at Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem.  He is a member of the Inter American Institute on Criminal Policy based in Mexico and an advisor for several national institutions and international organizations on International Law and Human Rights.


Fatimah Alshehaby  (Saudi Arabia)
Fatimah Alshehaby received her B.L. in 2010 from King Abdul-Aziz University, and her LL.M. from SUCL, Syracuse, New York in 2015. She has worked for Jazan University as a teaching assistant in international law, and was honored by CALI for excellent achievement in the study of the American Legal System. As a human rights activist in Saudi Arabia, her focus is on women's and children’s rights. Her current doctoral research centers on human rights violations and the emergence of terrorism in the Middle East. She will investigate political and civil rights, and economic and social rights, in the Middle East and the problems which resulted from the emergence of terrorism during the Arab Spring.


Carlos Julio Bichet Nicoletti ​​​​​​​ (Panama)
Carlos Julio Bichet Nicoletti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama (2012), with honors, an LLM in International Law, Human Rights Specialization, (2015) from the University of Groningen (Netherlands), cum laude, and an LLM in Constitutional Law (2017) from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Madrid, Spain). He works as an academic researcher at the Centro de Investigacion Juridica and has taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Panama, where he also volunteered to teach at the ‘El Renacer’ Penitentiary with the University of Panama’s San Miguelito Regional Branch in a special resocialization program for inmates who qualified to receive higher education. His doctoral research focuses on the right to the truth as a mechanism for restorative justice and the concept of justice in international courts and tribunals.


Bushra Khan (Pakistan)
Bushra Khan earned her LL.B. from the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan (IIUI) in 2009, and her LL.M. in international human rights from the same institution in 2012. While earning her LL.M., she was appointed Teaching/Research Associate at the Faculty of Law, IIUI, and in September 2015, she was appointed Lecturer of Law. Her research interests include international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. In her doctoral studies she will focus on the limitations to the right of free speech under international human rights law and Islamic law. Ms. Khan is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

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Pier Paolo Pigozzi Sandoval (Ecuador)
Mr. Pigozzi earned his LL.B from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (2006) and his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School (2010). Mr. Pigozzi has worked with refugees in Ecuador at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and conducted several workshops and conferences on international refugee law, human rights, and constitutional law. His J.S.D. research area is the transformation of the Latin America tradition on human rights in the recent constitutional modifications of that region. Since August 2015, he has been professor of Law and International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.


Samuel Tilahun Tessema  (Ethiopia)
Mr. Tessema earned his LL.B degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, in 2006 and his LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2008. He also received a diploma in the International Protection of Human Rights from the Institute for Human Rights of the Abo Akademi University, Finland, in 2010. From 2006 to 2007 he worked as a Graduate Assistant at the School of Law of Mekelle University where he also worked as a Lecturer from January to August 2009. In September 2009 he joined the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as a Professional Legal Assistant and from 2010 till August 2014 he has been working as a Legal Officer assisting the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities.